Microsoft has begun to sell HP’s Elite x3 smartphone at its Windows Store. The handset is one of the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile-based devices and the one of a few initially aimed at the business professionals on a company contract. The fact that Microsoft has started to sell the HP Elite x3 indicates that the smartphone is now available to general consumers as well.

Microsoft sells unlocked HP’s Elite x3 at it MSRP of $799, which is much higher than the price of typical Windows smartphones. The handset comes with its Continuum desk dock that features an Ethernet adapter, as well as DisplayPort USB connectors, and can work with desktop displays as well as keyboards. Meanwhile, neither Microsoft nor HP currently offer the Elite x3 Lap Dock device, which can transform the Elite x3 smartphone into a laptop.

The HP Elite x3 smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC and is currently the only Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphone to use the chip. The device is equipped a 5.96” AMOLED display and comes with 64 MB of eMMC 5.1 NAND flash storage, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM as well as all the necessary connectivity features, including 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB Type-C connector. Developed specifically for enterprise and business users, who value security, the HP Elite x3 is FIPS 140-2 certified and features Secure Boot (with iris and fingerprint scanners), full disk encryption with a 256-bit key, fTPM 2.0, and so on. The smartphone from HP also takes advantage of Microsoft’s Continuum technology, which allows you to run your phone as a desktop PC.

  HP Elite x3
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
2x Kryo @ 2.15 GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.59 GHz
Adreno 530
64 GB eMMC 5.1 NAND
microSD 'up to 2 TB'
Display 5.96-inch, 2560x1440 AMOLED (493 PPI)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Network X12 Cat 12/13 LTE-A
Single Nano-SIM or Dual Nano-SIM Models
Micro-SD Shared with Nano-SIM
Dimensions 161.8 x 83.5 x 7.8 (mm)
6.36 x 3.29 x 0.31 (in)
Weight 195 grams
0.43 lb / 6.88 oz
Rear Camera 16 MP, LED Flash
Front Camera 8 MP wide angle, Iris Camera
Battery 4150 mAh, 3.85 V, 15.98 Wh,
PMA and Qi charging
OS Windows 10 Mobile
Connectivity Intel AC-7260AN WiFi (2x2 802.11ac + BT 4.0 LE)
USB 3.0 Type-C
Additional Windows Hello (Iris and Fingerprint),
FIPS 140-2, fTPM 2.0
128-bit Unified encryption, 256-bit full disk
Disaster recovery Protection
Win10 includes 128-bit BitLocker and Enterprise Grade VPN
Bang&Olufsen Sound
3x Noise-Cancelling Microphones
Water/Dust Proof Certification IP 67
MIL-STD 810G (salt/fog/humidity/shock/thermal)

At present, the HP Elite x3 has no rivals in the price range because it is the only Windows 10 smartphone that sells for $799. In the Continuum space, the HP Elite x3 competes against Acer's Liquid Jade Primo as well as Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, which are available for $449, $399 and $499 respectively.

Source: Microsoft

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  • Myrandex - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    Not to mention the fingerprint support, that's huge for me compared to the existing Lumias.
  • nismotigerwvu - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    "The device is equipped a 5.96” AMOLED display and comes with 64 MB of eMMC 5.1 NAND flash storage"

    Looks like that should be 64GB.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    IS the battery removable like the lumias, or is it sealed?
  • Myrandex - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    Not all of the Lumias had removable batties. Only certain ones did (usually the lower end ones).
  • BedfordTim - Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - link

    The 950 has a removable battery as do all the other Lumias I have encountered.
  • BurntMyBacon - Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - link

    The 920 does not. Wish it did as the battery is beginning to show its age. It's certainly not bad yet, but I like having that extra battery life for when I forget to charge it.
  • mrbios - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    It's a piece of cake to change the battery on a Lumia 920. Takes 10 minutes, tops. The batteries are quite cheap on eBay, and it will come with all the tools you need to do it. Check out a video on YouTube if you want to see it done beforehand.
  • BurntMyBacon - Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - link


    The battery is non-removable.
  • Michael Bay - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    Will they even make something midrange anymore?
  • Samus - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    Damn talk about throwing in everything...

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